Lithuanian leaders have congratulated Poland on its Independence Day. Poland celebrates its independence on 11 November, the day that marked the end of World War One in 1918.
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Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė extended congratulations to Polish President Andrzej Duda and to the people of Poland.

According to the president, the brave and decisive steps that the two countries took to realize their aspirations for independence returned the right to Lithuania and Poland to create their own destiny. The two nations took on a historic commitment to build free and democratic states, according to Grybauskaitė.

"Almost a hundred years after declaring independence, our countries are members of a strong, democratic family of European nations and the transatlantic community. Membership in the European Union and NATO is not only a guarantee of welfare for our citizens, but also of our common values of openness, freedom, independence, and democracy," Grybauskaitė wrote in her message of congratulations.

Lithuanian Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius has also extended greetings to Polish Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz.

"On behalf of the Government and the people of Lithuania, I would like to extend our heartfelt greetings on the occasion of the Independence Day. I wish you and all the Polish people every success and prosperity," reads the letter of congratulations.

The head of Government notes in his letter that the current close bilateral cooperation between Lithuania and Poland facilitates the achievement of common goals. "We highly appreciate the mutual understanding and dialogue, the development of partnership between our countries," says Butkevičius in his letter.

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius has, too, congratulated Poland on the occasion of its Independence Day and noted that facing new challenges, the community of Poland and Lithuania was more important than ever.

"For Lithuania this celebration also has a special meaning - our people share a common culture, values and history dating back centuries - an uncompromising fight for Freedom and Independence. Our struggle has united us even during the darkest periods of our history," the minister said in the Polish language.

According to Linkevičius, facing today's challenges in the region, Lithuania and Poland once again must strive together to defend their freedom and democracy, to strengthen the European and transatlantic family, and to prevent all attempts to divide and drag them into a confrontation.

"I would like to take this occasion to once again emphasize that the Polish people living in Lithuania for centuries have become an integral and a very important part of modern society's life in Lithuania today. I cordially invite the Polish people living in Lithuania as well as Lithuanians living in Poland to bridge gaps between the countries and the cultures of our society," said Linkevičius.

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